An Appeal TO Promote Peace and End Strife By BISHOP W. A. CANDLER Vote for Peace and Prosperity It is now known beyond any possible doubt that the proposed plan of unification is defeated. If every member of the Florida Conference voted for it, the result would not be changed. But if every member of the Conference voted against it, the effect would tend to promote the peace, unity and prosperity of our beloved Church. Nor would such a vote give reasonable ground for offense to any member of our Church who has come into it from the Northern Church. Many members and ministers in the Methodist Episcopal Church are strongly opposed to the plan. Hundreds have voted against it in the Northern Annual Conferences. With the late Bishop Thomas B. Neeley they believe it unconstitutional and dangerous; and with Bishop J. C. Hartzell they regard it as ill-advised and injurious. In a recent issue of the Western Christian Ad- vocate, of Cincinnati, Ohio, the Editor of that excellent paper, Dr. E. C. Wareing, said: "It is being claimed that the Church, South, is going to defeat the proposal. We cast no blame, we express no aspersions, we make no indictments. IF WE WERE IN THEIR PLACE WE WOULD VOTE AGAINST THE ADOPTION OF THIS PRESENT PLAN; FOR IT IS NOT METHODIST UNIFICATION. It is an elaborate proposal for federation and for community co-operation; it does not ad- vance us toward that position which we in Christ, believe should be our Methodist her- itage." No consideration of conscience should impel >ne to vote for "the plan" now known to be lefeated. It has never involved at any time a natter of conscience; but it has been, and is now, i mere measure of expediency to be adjudged vise or unwise as each God-fearing Methodist night consider it. It may be a matter of serious conviction, how- iver, whether one should vote to promote the mity of our Church rather than to perpetuate :ontention and strife. The preservation of such mity among ourselves is more important than lupporting with a futile vote a defeated plan vhich has engendered division and disquietude hroughout the Church. Now let peace prevail and prosperity abound as in former days! And let brotherly love con- tinue throughout our great Church everywhere!